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We are a Humanist group for residents of the Guildford & Woking boroughs of Surrey (of course people from beyond are welcome too!) We provide a friendly place to meet, discuss interesting topics, hear from invited speakers and socialise with other humanists. For those who want to find out more about humanism, we can also provide speakers for local schools and groups.

Here are our upcoming events

Tuesday,  10th September at 7.30pm – 9pm

Title      “What is humanism and what do humanists believe?”

Speaker   Andrew Copson

Is humanism a life-style, a belief system, an alternative to religion, a philosophy? All or none of these?

We are delighted to be hosting Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of Humanists UK for 9 years, and also president of the International Humanist Ethical Union. He has written and spoken a great deal about Humanist issues, including on radio and television. He always brings something fresh to his talks, and is invariably interesting and eloquent. He will bring signed copies of his recent book.

Humanists UK is the national charity for the non-religious which, since 1896, has worked to create a tolerant society where rational thinking and kindness prevail.

Where:    The Guildford Institute in Ward Street, Guildford, GU1 4LH.

Tea/coffee and biscuits at about 8.40

Tuesday,  8th October at 7.30pm

Title      “A humanist case for the abolition of ageing” 

Speaker    David Wood

David Wood has been researching for many years into the reversing of biological ageing. It may sound like science fiction, but the possibilities of this are increasingly being recognised by mainstream scientists.  The subject raises some profound ethical issues, and the Q and A session promises to be thought provoking. David is a very experienced speaker and has written many books about this and related subjects. He is also the chair at London Futurists.

Where:    The Guildford Institute in Ward Street, Guildford, GU1 4LH.

Tea/coffee and biscuits break at about 8.40

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Tuesday, 12th November at 7.30pm – 9pm.

Title    “Leaving Faith Behind”

Speaker    Ste Richardsson

Leaving a faith is sometimes complicated, resulting in shunning, emotional and even physical abuse from family and community. In Britain it could be difficult for ex-evangelical Christians, ex – Muslms, and ex ultra-Orthodox Jews.

Ste Richardsson is an ex-Jehovah’s Witness. His grandfather helped spread the religion in Jamaica in the late 19th century. After leaving it in 2007, Ste was disowned by his family, and was for a time homeless. Today he is vice-chair of Faith to Faithless, which supports apostates. He organises regular museum tours and apostate socials. He holds masters degrees in medical translation and secondary education, and is a French and Japanese translator.

Where:    The Guildford Institute in Ward Street, Guildford, GU1 4LH.

Tea/coffee and biscuits at about 8.40 after the questions/discussion.

You can see our upcoming meetings in the box to the right of the page, or if you’d like to download our flyer for more details click the link below!

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What is a humanist?

A humanist is someone who:

  • trusts to the scientific method when it comes to understanding how the universe works and rejects the idea of the supernatural (and is therefore an atheist or agnostic)
  • makes their ethical decisions based on reason, empathy, and a concern for human beings and other sentient animals
  • believes that, in the absence of an afterlife and any discernible purpose to the universe, human beings can act to give their own lives meaning by seeking happiness in this life and helping others to do the same.

(British Humanist Association, “Defining Humanism“)

“Believing that it is possible to live confidently without metaphysical or religious certainty and that all opinions are open to revision and correction, [Humanists] see human flourishing as dependent on open communication, discussion, criticism and unforced consensus.”
– Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy —

You don’t have to identify yourself as a Humanist to come along to one of our meetings, you only need an open and inquisitive mind. We hope to see you soon.